Assessing Your Need For Relaxation: Are You On The Verge Of Burnout

woman multitasking face in hands suffers burnout
It obvious once you have hit burnout. You feel the exhaustion, lack of motivation, and poor efficacy. Even overwhelming doubts of whether you should even be at your job are hard to miss. But, if you are not there yet the symptoms aren’t as obvious. 

So what is burnout?

Burnout is the result of too much stress either from your job, a life situation, or even your personality. In the simplest of terms, burnout is absolute exhaustion, physical, mental, and emotional.

It is a combination of symptoms that cause you to be much less effective at work and less happy at home. If left unchecked could cause your serious health complications.

Burnout can leave you anxious, depressed, unmotivated, and ineffective. The list of symptoms can be vague and sound like the way life goes, but life isn’t supposed to feel like burnout.

The first things you will notice looking for burnout are the causes.

  • You will experience poor work-life balance
  • Poor job fit
  • Mismatched values
  • Lack of control
  • Or a dysfunctional work environment that wears on your peace of mind and your sanity. 
At first, it won’t seem like much more than we have all muscled through at times. You know those hectic times you made it through and did not suffer any consequences.

Then, the symptoms hit.

They creep in quiet and gradual as the enjoyment drips from your job and then your life. A general air of negativity and apathy towards your everyday activities. You might feel stuck or indifferent.

But, soon you lose sight of your values and your ability to focus. Anxiety, depression, and insomnia set in as your mental faculties deteriorate.

All from the weight of the stress.

Scariest of all, if left unchecked your physical health can begin to take the brunt of the burnout.
  • You may begin noticing weight gain
  • Frequent illnesses
  • Various bouts of pain
  • High blood pressure
  • An increase in the severity of existing conditions. 
Living with burnout being something everybody could do better without.

So, how do we prevent the mental turmoil and physical deterioration of burnout?

Are you are beginning to experience any of the symptoms of burnout?

Consider reassessing your interests, skills, and passions and compare against current options. 

Do you have good options, to move within your company or career path? These changes will be the easiest to make and cause the least amount of stress. Identify and manage your stressors as best as you can.

There is another thing you can do to lessen the effects of burnout on your health and your life.

That is to keep your own attitude in check.

Find gratitude and enjoyment in your job and life, it could be your lunch break or the drive home.

Find something you can enjoy and look forward to through your day so it doesn’t feel like the deep dark hole. Making a conscious effort to change your attitude may buy you the time to make a change.

Reach out and gather support around you. You friends, family, co-workers, HR and professionals can help you. You may not need through the difficulties associated with burnout alone. Your support can help decrease symptoms like depression.

Take time for self-care, it isn’t selfish.

Getting the time to relax, sleep, and exercise can be vital to curbing burnout before it starts. The required amount of sleep, 7-8 hours a night, can nip exhaustion in the bud and help your concentration.

Exercise decreases pain and releases dopamine and serotonin to decrease depression and anxiety.

Nobody wants to go in to work on Monday morning. But if you are feeling the effects of burnout. Do not deny those feelings. You might need to assess your need to be proactive against burnout in your job and in life.


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